Most organizations need to have a human resources department because effectively managing employees is critical to their success.
Employees are not only a company’s most valuable asset, but they are also the most significant cost and liability. A human resources professional will know how to successfully create and implement programs that capitalize on human assets, minimize costs and address potential liabilities.
As a human resources professional, you will:
Administer salary and benefits:
Salary and benefit programs typically incur the most significant costs for an organization. However, this is also the area where human resources professionals can help an organization achieve a competitive advantage. A generous salary and benefits package will attract and retain well-qualified employees who bring considerable value to the organization.
Oversee recruitment and selection:
A human resources professional often plays a key role in developing an organization’s recruitment and selection strategy. In addition, integrating employee recognition programs, training and development strategies and promotion-from-within policies can bolster employee motivation, resulting in lower turn-over and higher retention.
Manage employee relations:
Another function of a human resources department is to identify and resolve workplace issues. Implementing a workplace investigation process and enforcing fair employment practices are two components of an employee relations program.
Direct employee training:
Human resources professionals are often responsible for creating training and development programs that prepare employees to take on greater responsibilities within the organization. Succession planning, internal promotion policies and performance management are all factors that help an organization cultivate and retain top talent.
Human resources professionals play a critical role in managing the successes and failures of an organization and its employees. However, to become a human resources professional, you’ll need to obtain your bachelor’s degree in human resources management.
Jack McCallum has been with the online business department at Herzing University since 2011. When not teaching, she serves as the President/Principal Consultant for HR Balance LLC—a consulting company specializing in human resources management, organizational development, leadership coaching, and training/development. She started HR Balance LLC in 2003 after years of serving in a leadership capacity for a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations. A keynote speaker and presenter, Jack has served as an industry expert for radio and print media.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.